Three simple ways to create a ‘spa’ experience at home

Need to relax and unwind without the expense of a spa day?  Try our three simple steps to transform your bathroom into a haven of tranquillity.

1) Back to basics

Feng Shui experts have long championed the benefits that a minimalist home can have on the mind, so strip your bathroom back to a bare minimum for a serene refuge in which to escape the stresses and strains of daily life.  Décor should be neutral, clean, clear and natural. Get rid of fussy details and opt for a few well-placed ornaments, such as a water feature – often found in spas.

2) Attention to detail

Creating a luxurious spa feeling at home is all about attention to little details and it needn’t cost the earth.

With just a few carefully selected, authentic items you can turn your bathroom into a relaxing haven worthy of the most exclusive retreats.Little touches like a few well-placed spa products, fresh flowers, plants or aromatherapy fragrant candles and diffusers will all create the multi-sensory ambience associated with an expensive day spa. Take it one step further by filling some clear glass jugs with fruit and herb infused water.
3) Invest in comfort

Any spa experience begins with a robe, but a top tip for recreating an authentic experience is that the robe needs to be generously sized and superb quality so that it can be washed time and time again – like our ‘Palermo’ lined waffle robe, which is made from the most sumptuous natural and organic materials. The waffle exterior is lined with thick, fluffy towelling on the inside and a shawl collar and deep turn back cuffs create the snuggly and decadent feeling you only get in a health spa.

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Like with robes, when it comes to towels, bigger is better for an indulgent feel. Invest in a collection of thick and super absorbent white towels that will feel as good as new wash after wash.Image credits: www.healthlandspa.com, Houzz.com, Pinterest

Five Steps To Five Star Hotel Luxury At Home

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if your bedroom was like a hotel room? Our resident bedding expert, Jane Robson, offers five ‘home hacks’ to recreate five star hotel luxury in the home.

  1. Count on Cotton

“High thread count cotton is a must for achieving that ‘luxe’ feel at home,” says Jane.  “A good standard thread count is around 200 and anything higher than that will feel wonderfully soft and luxurious.  Percale weave sheeting is the finest available. The high thread count fabric is soft and silk-like to touch – delightfully reminiscent of those five star hotel stays. 

“Unlike certain products in the home, where cheap substitutions can go unnoticed, investing in high quality cotton bed linen will really make a difference to your home.  Quality cotton sheets will feel a lot smoother and softer than cheaper imitations; they will last for years and because the fabric is made from natural fibres it will keep cool in summer and warm in winter.”

Biarritz Bed Linen

Try our Biarritz 320TC Cotton Percale Bed Linen Collection for a sophisticated choice.

  1. Whiter than White … but throw in some texture and colour

There’s something about white bed linen that just denotes sound sleep, comfort and luxury.  If you want to inject some colour or interest then acessorise with cushions, throws and blankets in sumptuous high quality materials, or choose a bedding set that has a subtle coloured trim.”

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Our Genoa 320 TC Egyptian Cotton Percale Duvet Cover Collection will achieve this look in the home or accessorise with patterned wool and cashmere throws.

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  1. Pile on the Pillows

“Who cares if you only sleep with one pillow – to create a plush haven of comfort you need an abundance of pillows! I’d opt for a minimum of four standard pillows and two scatter cushions but in this case – more is more. It’s all about layering up to create a lavish feeling of extravagance.”

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Browse our gorgeous collection of pillows and pillow covers.

  1. Flat Sheets for Five Star

While fitted sheets have their benefits, flat sheets are a mainstay in hotel bed-making and ‘hospital corners’ are an absolute must. Flat sheets are also much easier to press meaning you can achieve that crisp, white look that hotels are renowned for.  For an extra layer of luxury try triple sheeting – where an extra sheet is laid on top of the blanket or duvet – it gives that hotel feel and also adds another layer of protection for your duvet.”

Browse our flat sheets here

  1. Clean and Crisp

“There’s no better feeling than getting into a freshly laundered bed.  Good quality materials won’t fade or wear with washing so they can be laundered weekly at high temperatures to keep them looking their best.

“All of our bedding is washable at 60 degrees – the temperature that kills dust mites.  It’s also a good idea to have spare set of bedding to rotate and ease the weekly washing process.”

 

Thanks to Laura at Little Stuff

Thank you to the lovely Laura at Little Stuff for the great review about our Bright Stars Bed Linen

Here is a copy of her comments…

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Finding bedding for teenagers can be really tricky, I find. They’re WELL past the stage of wanting their favourite comic book hero or tv character sleeping next to them each night, and yet they’re usually not ready (especially the boys) for the adult offerings of floral patterns or plain old block colours that seem to be the only alternative.

So I let out a Whoop Of Happy when I was looking at the Fine Cotton Company’s site and teen boy crossed behind me, pausing to exclaim spontaneously “Oh, I love that stars duvet cover, that’s really cool!”

Hurrah hurray hurroo.

And out of the website and onto his bed, how does it stand up?

It’s flipping gorgeous.

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I clearly didn’t read the description clearly, because I was surprised to see the star pattern is actually embroidered on and not printed. Such a nice touch that really lifts the set.

The biggest test of all, of course, is how it feels. The boy is VERY fussy, and chooses to sleep under an old and faded spiderman duvet cover rather than a newer, more suitable cover that isn’t 100% cotton and therefore doesn’t feel as nice on his skin.

The Bright Stars set? Passes with flying colours. My only issue now is that he won’t sleep under anything else, so I have to wash it and dry it in a day!

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The set washes beautifully, and being 100% organic cotton it dries fast too. It does need an iron, but I’m sorry to say the boy prefers his bedding ‘softly rumpled’ and not crisply flat, so no iron was used in the making of this bed.

The Bright Stars organic 200tc bedding can be bought direct from the Fine Cotton Company. It’s available in double, single and cotbed sizes, and the single duvet cover is £45.

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Spring at The Fine Cotton Company

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Brooklyn Summer Bed Linen

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy new beginnings. It gives the best avenue for you to participate in the rebirth of the Earth. It’s as if everything that has been happening for the past year is being cleansed, and the whole world is being given a fresh new start. New flowers blossom to reinvigorate nature’s colours, and the trees all grow a little greener. The environment tries to pick itself up from any issues in the past, and no matter how dark and dusty a place usually is, spring gives it that one little annual boost.

Invite spring into your home sweet home

Don’t leave spring outside where it can only be enjoyed far from home. Invite it into your own home, so that the freshness you can expect from outside would enter your house, too. Let the cleanliness reflect within your home so that you can enjoy your very own new beginning. Imitate the events outside your door and copy them within your walls to let yourself enjoy the spring brightness even within the coolness and comfort of your very own home.

Creating a blank slate to work with

Before buying any products, your first step would be to clear out your old linen. If you have any bedding and sheets that are close to falling apart, get rid of them and try to find new sheets. Look for sheets, bedding, pillowcases and throws that will represent the brightness of spring and the freshness of new beginnings. This is your opportunity to splurge on new things: if you want some new furnishings, buy them and enjoy their novelty.

The Fine Cotton Company’s top buys to make your home just like spring

Make sure that all of your buys are of light, airy colours. Don’t use really deep colours that may dampen the light feeling of spring. Put enough colour to make the room interesting but not too much to make it overwhelming.

Crisp white bed linen, colourful throws, plush new towels and a light bathrobe can be the first items to build into your new furnishings.

Spring is all about new days. You have every opportunity now to create a whole new room, to make something different from what you had last year. Take this chance to give your room a makeover from something old and reminiscent of last year to something exciting and ready for this year.

Find the perfect match for spring with our collection at The Fine Cotton Company.

Create a Nursery Fit for a Princess or Prince

Nursery Ideas

Nursery Ideas From The Fine Cotton Company

The Royal Baby has now arrived – Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

Here are a few tips for creating a beautiful nursery for your baby.

Choosing your Nursery Bedding

With babies spending up to 14 hours a day sleeping, after choosing the cot, one of the most important purchases will be the bed linen.

The skin of your precious new baby is so delicate that what we put against it needs to be as pure as possible. To protect your baby from nasty chemicals and pollutants which leach from the materials into our bodies, it is important to consider buying organic cotton bedding as organic cotton is grown without chemicals and pesticides. Bear in mind that ordinary cotton sheets are typically coated with formaldehyde to make them wrinkle-free, and are processed with chemicals that have essentially become a part of them. When your baby sleeps on this bedding, he or she will be in direct contact with these harmful substances, without you being fully aware of the effects.

Pure organic cotton bedding is breathable and this will help with temperature regulation of your baby.

It is probably a good idea to opt for subtle coloured bedding and add personal touches of colour with toys and pictures. Neutral colours will ensure that everything will go together with no colour clashes and also so it has a bit of longevity.Having a baby is an expensive time so it helps if you can buy things that can be passed down to a baby in the future.

When buying your baby bedding plan for 3 or 4 fitted and flat sheets and 2 light weight baby blankets for layering. This will enable you to have a couple of spare changes. The baby blankets we recommend can be used as a swaddling blanket.

Tips for Buying Bedding

You’ll need a good collection of quality essentials

  1. Quality – always ensure you buy good quality fabrics such as percale. As you have to wash baby bedding so frequently they will last longer than cheap fabrics.
  2. 100% Organic Cotton. Don’t go for mixed fibres such as polyester cotton as these will be too warm and sticky for the baby and after frequent washing tend to ‘pill’ and become bobbly to the touch.
  3. A Swaddling Blanket is an essential item to help with the new baby’s sense of security. Always choose one made of natural fibres; 100% organic cotton is best.
  4. Go for a mix of sheets and light-weight blankets, so you can easily add an extra layer or take one away – Please do remember that a blanket doubled over counts as two layers.
  5. Duvets, pillows and cot bumpers are not suitable for babies under 12 months old.
  6. There is currently a debate about the use of cot bumpers and their safety. Certain States in the USA have banned the use of cot bumpers as they believe they may contribute to cot deaths. There have been many cases reported of suffocation caused by the baby being caught between the bumper and the mattress.

Essential Accessories

  1. Blackout Blind –Planning for a good night’s sleep now will make all the difference in those sleep deprived weeks yet to come. Most babies sleep better in the dark simply because their bodies start to produce the sleep hormone that is stimulated by darkness.
  2. A brightly-coloured mobile that attaches to the cot is a good choice for stimulating his senses.
  3. Swaddling Blanketmay help with the baby’s sense of security.
  4. Baby Monitor – as a Mum you want to hear everything once baby is safely tucked up in bed

Soft to the touch and kind on the conscience, The Fine Cotton Company ensures optimum quality by offering 100% organic cottons, silks and natural fabrics, all ethically produced without any harmful chemicals or pesticides. All organic cotton used is certified by GOTS, which ensures the organic status covering the production, processing and manufacturing of the fibres.

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